Paddleboarding on the rise as lockdown eases

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Outlets which sell paddleboards have reported record sales during the lockdown as more people take up the sport during which it is easy to do while social distance.

Board company, Red Paddle, which sells boards across the South East and globally said its sales figures have doubled recently.

The firm's CEO attributes the newfound popularity to the hot weather and the fact that participants do not need a lot of equipment to take part.

Stand Up Paddleboarder, Sarah Thornely, has advice for others who want to take up the sport

Sarah Thornely from Hampshire started standup paddleboarding (also known as SUP) in her fifties - and has been doing the sport for eight years. She has also taken part in the GBSUP race series, and won the SUP National Championships before she retired.

While she welcomes more people taking up the sport, Sarah is encouraging people to do their research before heading out on the water. She says it is important to stay safe, and advises paddleboarders to make sure they wear a leash.

There has been a surge in bookings for lessons at the Lagoon watersports facility in Hove since lockdown restrictions have eased. Trainers at the site teach beginners and improvers as well as people who want to take part in races.

Paddelboarder, Helen Trehane, explains why she enjoys the sport

With fewer lifeguards on our beaches this summer, the RNLI have urged people to be careful when heading out on the water.

The RNLI has published safety tips for paddleboarders including not to go alone, or if going alone to tell someone where you are going and when you will be back; wearing a personal flotation device; checking the weather forecast and tide times; using a leash; getting some training and dressing appropriately for the time of year.